‘The need is great in our community’: rental and eviction assistance needs soar beginning of 2021
El Pasoans are applying for rental assistance in record numbers with the start of the new year and more funding is needed.
Laura Ponce, executive director of Project Bravo said 1100 households sent applications to the non-profit for assistance.
“In just one week of activity we’re seeing that there is a lot of need out there,” said Ponce explaining how they had to cap the number of applications starting January 11 until more funds arrive.
Last year, the rental and mortgage assistance program aided 369 households with a total of $650,000.
The assistance was offered for three months, but has now been extended to six months in order to help families catch up with bills that have been piling up throughout the year.
Many households unable to pay rent have been pushed all the way to the eviction process which requires a more expedite assistance.
Those facing eviction are able to apply for the Texas Eviction Diversion program created for households that have an eviction process already pending in court.